Learn about rose pruning

By From page B3 | January 01, 2014

Baldo VillegasDid you ever wonder how some people shape their roses to different shapes and sizes?

Pruning the plants gives you the assurance that your plant will stay healthy while producing large flowers with strong stems. Airflow is improved from the center of the plant.

These pruning guidelines will be demonstrated by the Mother Lode Rose Society speaker, Baldo Villegas at the Tuesday, Jan. 7  program at 1:30 p.m. at the Amador Senior Center, 229 New York Ranch Road in Jackson.

Villegas is a well-known master rosarian, horticulture judge, retired entomologist and exhibitor of roses.

He raises more than 1,000 roses at Baldo’s acres, his home in Orangevale. He brings to the meeting a wealth of information on the method of pruning roses to achieve the desired effect.

He will demonstrate a hands-on workshop on pruning roses to ensure that the plant stays healthy and vigorous to produce larger blooms and stronger stems.

The optimal time to prune is in late winter or early spring depending on the area in which you live. If you live in an area of low temperatures it is best to wait until late January or early February to prune to avoid cold damage to your plants.

Learn from Villegas how important it is to cut away the dead, damaged or diseased canes.

In addition, learn the technique of pruning different varieties of plants such as hybrid teas, florabundas, miniatures and minifloras.

You will learn how to identify the eye on the outside of the cane; the different views on whether to cut at an angle or straight across; if it even makes a difference; whether to use glue on the cut or not.

The meeting will cover a vast list of information such as the importance of care of your tools, the types or pruners to use, bypass or anvil. What are loppers? What is the importance of removing crossing or rubbing canes? The meaning and the importance of good housekeeping in the rose garden.

This is an important education meeting on pruning roses. Bring your gloves and pruners for a hands on learning experience.

Mother Lode Rose Society

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